Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"You lived for today. . .there might not be a tomorrow."

Back in the day…
Though I never lived through the Depression, its effects shaped my childhood because those lean years affected my parents’ impressionable adolescence. I was born during World War II but don’t remember it. What I do remember is growing up in the late forties and early fifties when the war wasn’t history but rather something which affected our everyday lives. The rationing had disappeared--and so had fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands. 
The Cold War had replaced the “hot” ones in Europe and the Pacific, and fear of “the bomb” manifested itself in regular “air raid drills” during which we crawled under our school desks and covered our heads, as well as in the proliferation of bomb/aka storm shelters which sprang up in various backyards.

The end result…
So it’s not surprising I write “vintage” fiction about people, places, and events which are all but forgotten today. Ruthann’s War, set in the immediate aftermath of the war, is pending release by The Wild Rose Press. Knowing what can’t be remembered often can’t be identified with, I’ll be doing a series of posts on that shadowy era in American history which my mother described as “We lived for the day, because we didn’t know if there would be a tomorrow.”

How another generation views World War II…
During the war, as today, movies were an escape from fear and loneliness on both the front lines and the home front. Most younger people today are familiar with the cinematic blockbusters “Pearl Harbor”, “Midway”, “The Enola Gay”, “The Longest Day”, and “Saving Private Ryan”. While they were staged for reality, the movies actually filmed from 1941 - 1945 provide a more touching--if dramatic--glimpse of what it was like for everyday folks living in those times. And it’s from those fleeting scenes I’ve gathered information and inspiration to craft my vintage characters and plot lines.

Recommended WW II Movies
These film will give you the feel of the era and the people who had no choice but to endure until it was over.

“Casablanca” (1942, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid)
“Mrs. Miniver” (1942) Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright
“This Is the Army” (1943) George Murphy, Ronald Regan, special appearance by Irving Berlin
“Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” (1944) Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker
“The Fighting Sullivans” (1944) Thomas Mitchel, Anne Baxter, Selena Royle
“Since You Went Away” (1944) Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotton
“The White Cliffs of Dover” (1944) Irene Dunne, Alan Marshall, Roddy McDowell
“Tomorrow Is Forever” (1946) Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, George Brent

Watch for Ruthann’s War coming soon!

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